Racing returning to Kansas Speedway in late July
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kansas Speedway will again hear the roar of racing soon.
NASCAR announced that its All-Star Race will be a midweek event on July 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway as part of a new revision to the schedule that runs through the first weekend of August.
As part of the announcement, NASCAR said that Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23. Kansas also will host a trucks series race and an ARCA race on Friday, July 24, and an Xfinity Series race and another trucks race on Saturday, July 25.
"We are excited to be a part of NASCAR's return to racing," Kansas Speedway president Pat Warren said in a statement. "This is an important first step in the resumption of sports to the Kansas City area, and we feel a deep sense of responsibility to play an integral role in that process.
NASCAR already has rescheduled races through June 21 and the update released Thursday begins the next weekend at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. The track will host ARCA, the Truck Series, two Cup Series races on consecutive days, June 27-28, and the Xfinity Series.
NASCAR will then move to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a July 4 weekend event combined with the IndyCar Series. Then it is on to Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star Race and then Texas Motor Speedway.
New Hampshire will host the Cup Series on Aug. 2 in the final event announced in this latest revised schedule. NASCAR canceled eight points races in the Cup Series and the All-Star Race during a 10-week shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic.
NASCAR has so far run nine national series events – five in the Cup Series – since it resumed May 17 without spectators.
NASCAR made no mention if spectators will be allowed at any of the events – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kentucky and Pocono all said Thursday their events would not have fans, while Kansas said it is currently not expecting spectators. NASCAR senior leadership has not been available for public comment since May 17.
"The health and safety of our fans, teams, officials, and the entire NASCAR community are paramount," Warren said.
The revisions announced Thursday:
• Friday, June 26 at Pocono: ARCA
• Saturday, June 27 at Pocono: Trucks
• Saturday, June 27 at Pocono: Cup
• Sunday, June 28 at Pocono: Xfinity
• Sunday, June 28 at Pocono: Cup
• Saturday, July 4 at Indianapolis: Xfinity
• Sunday, July 5 at Indianapolis: Cup
• Thursday, July 9 at Kentucky: Xfinity
• Friday, July 10 at Kentucky: Xfinity
• Saturday, July 11 at Kentucky: Trucks
• Sunday, July 12 at Kentucky: Cup
• Wednesday, July 15 at Charlotte Oval: ARCA
• Wednesday, July 15 at Charlotte: Cup (All-Star Open)
• Wednesday, July 15 at Charlotte: Cup (All-Star Race)
• Saturday, July 18 at Texas: Xfinity
• Saturday, July 18 at Texas: Trucks
• Sunday, July 19 at Texas: Cup
• Thursday, July 23 at Kansas: Cup
• Friday, July 24 at Kansas: Trucks
• Friday, July 24 at Kansas: ARCA
• Saturday, July 25 at Kansas: Trucks
• Saturday, July 25 at Kansas: Xfinity
• Sunday, Aug. 2 at New Hampshire: Cup.